Ultracycling Hall of Fame – Pete Penseyres

/Ultracycling Hall of Fame – Pete Penseyres
Ultracycling Hall of Fame – Pete Penseyres2017-10-03T21:24:55-07:00
“When I finished in 1986 I knew I had ridden my best solo attempt and could never duplicate that ride again.”

by Carrie Lumia

About the Hall of Fame

Pete Penseyres setting the 1986 RAAM speed record of 15.40 mph.

Records are made to be broken, but try as they might, no one has been able to cross the country on a bicycle faster than Pete Penseyres did almost 20 years ago.

Penseyres set the solo transcontinental speed record of 15.40 mph in the 1986 Race Across AMerica.

He’s also held a share of the transcontinental tandem record for 18 years – a time of 7 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes, with an average speed of 15.97 mph – set with Lon Haldeman in 1987.

For these feats, and many others, RAAM 2003 was dedicated to Penseyres and he was inducted into the Ultra Cycling Hall of Fame.

Pete Penseyres setting the 1979 two-tandem transcontinental record

A cyclist since the early ’70s, it was a 1978 article by John Marino that sparked Penseyres interest in the ultra world. The article told of the triumphs and trials of Marino’s record transcontinental crossing.

Penseyres set the solo transcontinental speed record of 15.40 mph in the 1986 Race Across AMerica.

He’s also held a share of the transcontinental tandem record for 18 years – a time of 7 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes, with an average speed of 15.97 mph – set with Lon Haldeman in 1987.

For these feats, and many others, RAAM 2003 was dedicated to Penseyres and he was inducted into the Ultra Cycling Hall of Fame.

  • Penseyres’ palmares
  • 1979 Tandem Team Transcontinental Record 10d 21h 49m
  • 1983 RAAM Second Place Solo 10d 22h 2m
  • 1984 RAAM First Place Solo 9d 13h 13m
  • 1986 RAAM First Place Solo 8d 9h 47m, 15.40 mph
  • 1987 Tandem Transcontinental 7d 14h 55m, 15.97 mph
  • 1989 RAAM HPV Team First Place 5d 1h 8m, 24.02 mph
  • 1993 US Master’s National Road Race Champion
  • 1993 – 2001 11 Master’s National Tandem Time Trial or Road Race championships 7th place
  • 1994 24-hour HPV record (602 miles)
  • 1996 RAAM Master’s Team, 50-plus 5d 11h 21m